Senior Israeli Defense Official Heading to Jordan to Solve Embassy Crisis

Michele Moreno
July 25, 2017

The incident comes against a background of tension over the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

The Jordanian government is the official overseer of the Muslim holy sites occupying the Temple Mount, though security is supposedly in Israel's hands.

"He later died of his wounds", the Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Israel installed new secu.

Tensions have been mounting in Jerusalem, as well as in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, since last week's installation of metal detectors at the mosque complex after two Israeli policemen were killed at the site by Israeli Arab gunmen.

(AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean). Palestinians pray in front of mock metal detectors during a demonstration in Bethlehem, Sunday, July 23, 2017. "We are trying to move toward ending this crisis".

Cleric Ikrema Sabri said on Monday that a lawyer for the Muslim leadership met Sunday with Jerusalem police chief Yoram Halevi, and heard a response to Muslim demands.

It did not confirm earlier reports of shooting but said the guard had "acted in self defence".

The attacker was a carpenter working in a residential building used by the embassy, an Israeli statement said. The embassy refused to turn the guard over to the Jordanians for questioning, saying he had immunity.

Overnight Sunday, the Foreign Ministry called on the staff in Amman to come home, but Jordanian officials refused to authorize the exit of the security guard - and most of the diplomatic staff made a decision to stay on in solidarity. Jordanian media was almost entirely focused on the story Monday, with editorials in newspapers and broadcast media also demanding the death penalty.

The head of the Israel Security Agency, or Shin Bet, Nadav Argaman, traveled Monday to Jordan in an effort to diffuse the crisis. Jordan and Israel have close security ties, but frequently clash over Israeli policies at the Jerusalem shrine. "There is no need for a diplomatic escalation".

Netanyahu's office said the Israeli-Jordanian contacts were conducted in an atmosphere of cooperation.

The security officer, the Jordanian landlord and two Jordanian workers were present. The site is sacred to both Jews and Muslims. It is also the holiest site of Judaism, revered as the place where biblical Temples once stood.

The newspaper Haaretz says that Jason Greenblatt is expected to arrive on Monday in the Trump administration's first direct foray into the crisis. Israel also considers Jordan an important land barrier on its eastern flank. Israeli guards opened fire killing 3 intruders and wounding 16 in the worst violence since Europe-wide protests erupted over the capture of Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the Kurdish Workers Party.

Other reports by Insurance News

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